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Scottish Schools and Scottish Indoors 2016

Good weekend at the Scottish Schools and Scottish Indoor Championships.

Scottish Schools
S6 Girls Holly Wicklow Gold
S4 Boys Fayz Siddiqui Gold
S4 Boys Rory White Silver
S2 Girls Sophie Chatfield Silver
S2 Girls Orla Johnson Bronze
S1 Boys Connor Kalkman Bronze
S2 Girls Team Sophie Chatfield, Emily Milne, Rosie McNaught, Darcy McCann Gold
Scottish Indoors
J18 Boys Callum Broad Gold
J18 Girls Holly Allan
J16 Boys Alex Milne Gold
J 16 Girls Anna Colley Gold
J15 Boys Rory White Gold
J18 Boys Ruardidh Smith Silver
J16 Boys Joseph Wright Bronze
J18 Girls Jenny Olney Bronze
J18 Boys Team Alex Milne, Ru Smith, Callum Broad and Rory White Gold.
Well done everybody some really good performances and lots of athletes on target.

Rowing 8th/9th October

Rowing this weekend 8th/9th October

The Clyde three Heads is on this weekend so only those competing will be rowing on Saturday. However, one of our parents - Gail Allan has kindly arranged a BBQ so you are all welcome to come down and support our crews and or help with the BBQ. Race times are 10.30/12.30 and 2.30 and race will be over 3000m coming past our clubhouse at about 10 mins after start time.

Rowing on Sunday will be as follows

8.00am Seville athletes meeting
8.30am - 1.30 Performance Group
10.30 - 12.00 2nd and 3rd years
12.00 - 1.30 1st years and beginners
1.30 - 3.00 Additional sculling coaching 2nd and 3rd years ( contact Iain Somerside if you wish to attend ).

From the 14th to the 22nd October we will be in Seville with the Performance Group. There will be rowing on Sunday the 23rd October 

10.30 - 12.00 2nd and 3rd years
12.00 - 1.30 1st years and beginners


Schools Head Duller October 2016 Results

We had a very successful weekend at the schools head in Dullater.

We won the following events

JW Fours Holly Allan, Jenny Olney, Laoise Rogers, Freya Duncan and Youcef Djoudi
JW16 Fours Assia Djoudi, Marion Caskie, Catriona Andrews, Kirsty Hunter and Kit Morris
WJ16 Quads Anna Colley, Assia Djoudi,Eve Kitcher and Natalie Smart
WJ18 2x Holly Allan and Louise Miller
WJ14 Quad Caira Rogers,Sofia Chatfield,Darcy McCann,Emily Milne and Ella Bryant
WJ15 2x Catriona Andrews and Kirsty Hunter
WJ18 Quads Louise Miller, Ailsa Martin,Lauren Amner and Jenny Olney
JW 16 2x Eve Kitcher and Anna Colley
JW 14 2x Ciara Rogers and Orla Johnstone

Alex Milne, Ru Smith and Callum Broad came second and third in their respective events.



AGM Sunday 9th October 2016

(a Scottish Registered Charity, Charity Number SC011676) 


NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Glasgow Schools Rowing Club will be held at The Glasgow Hockey Centre, 8 Kings Drive, Glasgow G40 1HB
on Sunday 9 October 2016 at 1.30pm


Rowing this weekend 24th/25th September

Rowing this weekend is as follows:-
Saturday 24th September
Performance Group Girls 8.00am - 1.00
Performance Group Boys 8.30 - 1.30
3rd Years 10.30 - 12.00
2nd years 12.00 - 1.30
No beginners or 1st years
Sunday 25th September
Performance Group Boys and Girls 8.30 - 1.30
3rd years 10.30 - 12.00
2nd years 12.00- 1.30
Beginners and first years 1.00 - 2.00

New Season has started

The new rowing year has started and every weekend we provide roiwng sessions for every year group and new beginners at our rowing club in Glasgow Green. If you would like to be part of our success please send us an email and we would be happy to include you in our programmes.

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Capsize Drill 16th January

A second capsize drill will take place on Saturday the 16th January at the Western Baths, Cranworth Street Glasgow G12 8BZ at 7.30pm . Anyone who has not yet participated in the drill should attend. This is an important part of our safety procedure.

25 Medals at Scottish Indoors

Glasgow Schools won 13 medals at this year Scottish Schools and Indoor championships at Bellahouston Sports Centre.

On Friday at Scottish Schools

2nd Year - Ciara Rogers  - Gold

3rd Year - Marion Caskie - Silver

3rd Year - Adam Orr - Silver

3rd Year - Fayz Siddiqui - Bronze

4th Year - Alex Milne - Bronze

4th Year Laiose Rogers - Gold

5th Year - Frank Murray Silver

6th Year - Ryan Morrison Gold

6th Year - Rachel Cannon Gold

Saturday - Scottish Indoors

J15 - Alex Milne Gold

J15 - Hamish Brown Bronze

J15 - Anna Colley Gold

J15 Natalie Smart Silver

J16 Tim Chan Bronze

J16 Laiose Rogers Gold

J16 Holly Allan Silver

J16 Jenny Olney Bronze

J18 Ryan Morrison Silver

J18 Ben O'Neil Bronze

J18 Alex Rankin Gold

J18 India Somerside Silver

J18 Rachel Cannon Bronze

Girls J 16 Gold Jenny Olney, Anna Colly, Laoise Rogers, Beth Kennedy

Girls J18 Alex Rankin, India Somerside, Rachel Cannon and Lauren Macnughton

Boys J18 Callum Broad, Ben O Neil, Ryan Morrison and Frabnk Murray

Rowing this weekend

After three weekends of hard camp for the Performance Group rowing now starts for everybody this weekend.

Following this summer success we have anumber of new faces joining the club and I am sure you will all make them welcome. Early data  looks promising for our new group of performance rowers.


2nd and 3rd years 1.00 - 2.30pm

Beginners 2.00 - 3.00pm


2nd/3rd years Boys 10.00 - 11.30 Girls 11.30 - 12.30

Beginners 12.30 - 1.30

GSRC World Champions

Glasgow Schools athletes Josh Armstrong and Gavin Horsburgh made history in Rio winning the first GB men's gold in quad sculls by winning the World junior Championship. Alex Rankin rowing in the women's four made the final and finished sixth.Well done team great year.

Three Silvers for GB athlete Holly Wicklow

Holly became the most successful Scottish Coupe athlete ever by winning three silver medals for GB at the International event in Hungary. The womens eight lost Gold by 0.34 of a second to Belgium and rowing the pair with St Edward's Tilly Caitlin she won silver on both day behind  very experienced Italian pair.

Win For Urquhart and Glen at HIR

Callum Urquhart and Seb Glen repeated the 2011 feat of Callum's brother Ross and Ronan Murphy by winning both the Home Interntional and British Championships in consecutive weekends at Strathclyde Country Park. This time the boat was the double scull concluding a great season for both these scullers.

Three medals at the British Championships

Three schools boat won medals at the British Junior Championships

Seb Glen and Callum Urquhart won Gold in Junior doubles sculls with India Somerside and Becky Nielson taking silver in Womens J16 pair. Sam Abernethy Frank Murray took bronze in 16 pairs. Racheal Cannon an Barat Bouteleb won the B final in womens J 18 pairs.

Nine GSRC rowers named in Scottish teams

With four of our  rowers representing GB a further nine were named in the Scottish Team to race at the Home International. The atheltes selected are :-

Seb Glen

Callum Urquhart

India Somerside

Becky Nielson

Sam Abernethy

Frank Murray

Rachael Cannon

Barat Bouteleb

Kit Morris

Glasgow Schools crew sets Henley record

After winning junior quads at Marlow Regatta the Glasgow Academy quad of Josh Armstrong, Gavin Horsburgh, Seb Glen and Callum Urquhart  started their Henley Royal Regatta campaign by beating Thames Rowing Club. On Friday they beat the much fancied Sydney Rowing Club quad and in so doing broke the course record. In the semi final they went down by six feet to Cup holders and eventual winners Sir William Borlase. This was only the four ever Scottish Crew to make a Henley semi-final. film of the races can be accessed on the Henley Regatta web site.

Six GSRC athletes make GB teams

This summer six GSRC athletes will represent Great Britain. This is the largest representation of GB Internationalists any Scottish club ever.

India Somerside and Becky Nielson represented GB for the second year running at the GB French match where they won their second international title.

Josh Armstrong and Gavin Horsburgh are in the lead boat - the boys quad for the World Junior Championships in Rio. They are joined by Alex Rankin who will row in the girls four.

Holly Wicklow is in the GB coupe team to race in Hungary in the womens pair. Coach Iain Somerside is namd in the coaching tem and will coach the pair and eight.

Scottish Championships - record haul !!!!

Glasgow Schools won 27 medals at this years Scottish Championships at Strathclyde Park including some very outrageous results against senior rowers and each other !

Topping the medal haul were Alex Rankin and Gavin Horsburgh winning six each which included for Gavin two senior silver medals and for Alex a senior bronze medals.

So may results stand out it is difficult to highlight the top performances but there was no doubt that everybody raised thier game for this event.

Outrageous were Gavin Horsburgh and Josh Armstrong who in pair for the second time were second in open pairs in  performance that would make them one of the top junior pairs in Great Britain. They won J18 and school boys pairsin the process,

Gavin also came second in open sculls having had the exact same time a Josh in the time trial. Unfortunately Josh was injured in his Semi and therefore our " clash of the titans " will have to wait till next year. Gavin also won J18 and schoolboy singles.

Alex Rankin contines to defy the odds taking on bigger and more experienc scullers and coming out on top. She took bronze in open singles also wining J18 and schoolgirls. With Holly Wicklow bronze in open pairs also wining J18 and schoolgirls.

Race of the weekend was between Holly Wicklow and India Somerside who dead heat over 2000m metres in their sculling race for the J16 title.

Seb Glen and Callum Urquhart won J18 and school boys doubles and Sam Abernethy and Frank Murray J16 pairs. India Somerside, Becky Nielson won J16 and school girls pairs.

Barrat Bouteleb and Rachael Cannon racing open pairs won the intermediate womens title.

Anna Colley, Holly Allen,Georgina Robinson, Jenny Olney cox Daisy Morris won school girls J15 fours.

Anna Colley, Beth Kennedy,Loaise Roger,Marion Caskie cox Youcef Djoudi won the Grieve Cup.

Eilish Day and Ciara Roger won J12 doubles  Ciara Roger J12 singles.

Finally mention should be made ofour peformance group who racing in open events came second in mens quads and womens fours and quads.

It was also good to see so many crew that were within two lengths of the medal zone and will hopefully move to the medal zone next year.

Well done to all our competitors and our coaches and parents who helped and supported over the weekend.


Castle Semple Success

It was a fun day at Castle Semple Regatta with  our crews doing very well in testing conditions.

We had wins for Gavin Horsburgh is J18  and open sculls.

Alex Rankin won WJ18 and R1  sculls

Seb Glen won mens R 2 Sculls and Holly Wicklow WR 2 and W J16 sculls

Barat Boutelb and Rahel Cannon won WR 2 and J18 Pairs.

Youce Djoudi ad Ethan Saveresavran  won J12 2x sculls.

Well done all our competitors in such trying conditions

Three Gold's at National School Regatta

It was a great weekend for Glasgow Schools at the National Schools Regatta at Nottingham.

Top performance of the weekend goes to Josh Armstrong and Gavin Horsburgh who won Championship doubles in a truly World Class row against GB Internationalists Chris Lawrie and Fraser Russell. They boys time was the best time of the weekend in relation to World Gold Standard - A standout result.

Not to be outdone Alex Rankin and Holly Wicklow continued to dominate Junior
pairs winning in the same style that brought victory at GB trials in April. They are now the fastest pair in Britain.

India Somerside and Beky Nielson put their stamp on the J16 pairs event winning the time trial, semi final and final in a commanding performance.

All six athletes are on target for GB selection latre this summer.

Mention should also be made of Barat Bouteleb, Rachael Cannon and Frank Murray who all competed at this level for the firs time gining valuale experience of what it takes to compete againt the best in Britain.

National Schools Regatta Nottingham 21-23rd May

Glasgow Schools sends its strongest team yet to the National Schools Regatta in Nottingham.

We have four boats racing in Championship events that are  capable of winning a medal.

The boys J18 quad - Seb Glen, Callum Urquhart, Gavin Horsburgh and Josh Armstrong have being going well in training and hopefully can put pressure on the top quads from the likes of Borlase, Northwich and Pangbourne.

The Girls J18 pair Alex Rankin and Holly Wicklow dominated the GB trial race but will face new challenges from club pairs eager to mark against arguably the top pair in the country.

The boys J18 double of Gavin Horsburgh and Josh Armstrong keep putting on more speed as they develop their race rate. They could  have the speed to better the Borlase double of Lawrie and Russel both who represented GB last year.

The Girls J16 pair of India Somerside and Becky Neilson will be hoping to medal as they take on the top J16 pairs in GB in a race that will help show what pairs will be in contention for the GB J16 team later this summer.

Racing for the first time a this event are Rachael Cannon and Barat Bouteleb in Championship pairs and Frank Murray in J16 sculls. Both these boats will gain valuable experience from this top competition.

Good luck to them all.

Clydesdale Regatta

A good number of our younger rowers took part in Clydesdales annual regatta on the 9th May with some notable results.

J12 1x Youcef Djoudi

WJ16 4+ Jenny Olney, Laoise Rogers, Holly Allen, Georgina Robinson cox Youcef Djoudi

WJ16 1x India Somerside

WJ18 1x Alex Rankin

J14 4x+ Fayz Siddqui, Rory Quinn, Hamish Brown, Jonathan Green cox Etahn Savervasen

JNov 4x+ Rauridh Smith, Oliver Smyth, Niki Burns, Fraser McIntyre Cox Ciara Rogers

WR2- Rachael Cannon and Barat Bouteleb

Notable mention to Sam Abernethy and Frank Murray who had the closest verdict of the day over the 1500m course in the Junior pairs final.

Well done everybody #hardworkpaysoff.

Silver medal for GB Quad

Gavin Horsburgh and Josh Armstrong rowing in the GB quad with World silver medalists Sam Meijer and Chris Lawrie lost Gold to Germany by 1.32 seconds at the Munich International regatta last weekend. This performance against lastr year World Champions will help consolidate their place as two of the countries top junior rowers.

Big success at GB Trials

We had some outstanding performances from our four athletes taking part in the GB trial regatta.

Alex Rankin and Holly Wicklow established themselves a the leading junior pair in Great Britain winning their time trial, semi and then final by 10 seconds from their nearest rivals.

Josh Armstrong and Gavin Horsburgh finished 2nd and 3rd in the time trial and 1st  & 2nd in thier semi. In the A final Gavin led most of the way but was overtaken by world silver medalists Sam Meijer and Chris Lawrie in the final sprint. Josh Armstrong had to miss the A final due to a muscle strain.

All four athletes should be invited to final trials in July.

Strathclyde Park Winners

The following boats won races at the recent Strathclyde Parke Regatta.

Seb Glen and Callum Urquhart J18 pairs and J18 doubles

Frank Murray and Sam Abernethy J16 pairs

Rachael Cannon and Baraat Bouteleb - Womens R2 Pairs

Well done to all our younger rowers taking part in a regatta for the first time and now lookimg forward to the next step.

Josh and Gavin make GB Team

Two of our top atheltes have been selcetd for the GB team to race at the Munich Junior regatta in early May. Josh Armstrong and Gavin Horsburgh have been selected for the Junior Quad a this top European event. Performances at this event will give a good indication of the speed required for British boats hopinmg to compete at the Junior World in Rio later this summer. 

Hillhead dominate Glasgow Indoors

On of our member schools Hillhead won no fewer than six medals and the team event at the Glasgow Indoor competition held at St Thomas Aquinas earlier today. This was their most successful competition to date and is a testament to the hard work by the pupils that the recorded so many medals an also personal best performances.

Gold -Selina Gok,Bojun Lin,Ola Skowyra, Callum Duke

Silver - Krzstof Pukacz

Bronze - Michella Matska



Girls Quad finish fourth in London

The girls quad racing J18 was placed fourth at the Schools Head in London. An unfotunate collision near the finish line with a slower eight may have cost them a higher placing. the crews ahead of them were Marlow, Gloucester Hartbury and Laytmer School.

Girls Finish 2nd in Womens head

The Glasgow Academy Girls, Holly Wicklow, India Somerside, Alex Rankin and Becky Neilson rowing with four girls from QEHS finished the second fastest junior crew in the Womens head in London. 300 crews took part in the race and our crew finished 23 overall with Headington winning the junior event and finishing 14. The third fastest junior eight was Henley rowing club. This was a great row by the girls and a fantastic result.

Two big days in London

This weekend our top four girls, Becky Nielson, Alex Rankin, Holly Wicklow amd India Somerside make the trip to London to compete at two major rowing events.

On Saturday they team up wth Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexam to race against 300 other eights at the Womens Head of the river. To ensure a good stating place the girls entered Elite placing them in the " hot zone " behind the GB senior and U23 boats, a well as Cambridge University A. Chasing them down will be Cambridge B, Leander B and Molesley. The girls hope to be the fastest junior crew at the event.

On Monday the four girls race their quad hope to finish fourth behind Gloucester Hartbury, Marlow and Nottingham BC. A good performance will be strong indicator that the girls are ready to race the quad at Henley Royal Regatta in the summer. 

Historic win at GB trial

Gavin Horsburgh and Josh Armstrong recorded an historic win at GB trials in Boston on Saturday. Rating 30 strokes per minute they under rated their main opposition World silver medalists Sam Meijer and Chris Lawrie who rated 36 and had to stop half way when Chris sufferred an athsma attack. On Sunday both in diffrent combinations Gavin and Josh came 2nd an 3rd respectively. Not to be left out Alex Rankin also put down a marker for the World Championships in Rio this summer by finishing 11th overall.

These these athletes have been invited to GB Spring assessments and given a chance to compete for a place in the GB junior team for Munich Regatta.

Weekend Rowing 21st/22nd February

Due to the GB trials rowing this weekend will be limited to the performance group and boats raing at next weeks Clydesdale Head. An email has been sent to all parents with details of timings and crews.

Wins at SUBC head

We had a small entry at the SUBC head due to February week holidays but there was some very pleasing results.

The boys double of Josh Armstrong and Gavin Horsburgh won thier division by nearly a minute but were also the fastest boat of the day - great prepartion for this weekend GB trials.

India Somerside and Becky Nielson were back in their double and dominated their event beating Glasgow Rowng Club by 42 seconds. The girls also came 2nd and 3rd in Junior sculls behind fellow GB trialist Laura Mcdonald.

Frank Murray sculled well to finish 3rd in junior sculls but went on to win Mens Novice sculls in the 2nd division with an improved performance.

The boy pair of Seb Glen and Callum Urquhart had a great race despite no entries in thier division. Finishing 1min and 11 seconds behind the boys double, they showed improvement on last weeks time trial and augurs well for the future of this new combination.

Special mention should made of our J15 girls who came second in Womens Novice fours beating two Glasgow University combinations and 19 other boats in the division. A great start fo our young new rowers. 

February Camp

Great camp this week with much improvement and lots of hard work.Thanks to Mary Massaro,Alistair Brown,Amy Wood and Austyn McKenzie fie all their coaching input and advice. Athlete of the week Alex Milne.Winning crew Assia Djoudi,Alex Milne,Youceff Djoudi. Rory Quinn and Ashia Sani.Well done to all participants for a good weeks work.

" Bling Day" at Scottish Indoors

Glasgow Schools pupils won 19 medals and five team titles at the Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing Championships held at Scotstoun Stadium earlier today. Five schools made the medal table. That combined with many PB's made it a day to remember for all our young athletes.


Marion Caskie - Glasgow Academy

Ally Day - Glasgow Academy

Holly Allan - Glasgow Academy

Holly Wicklow - Glasgow Academy

Alex Rankin - Glasgow Academy

Josh Armstrong - Glasgow Academy


Jonathan Green - Glsgow Academy

Fayz Siddiqui - Glasgow Academy

Frank Murray - Kelvinside Academy

Rachael Cannon - Kelvinside Academy

Ben O' Neil - Hutchesons Academy

Ross Durnin - High School of Glasgow


Selena Gok - Hillhead High School

Katie Prentice - Glasgow Academy

Natalie Smart - High School of Glasgow

Callum Urquhart - Glasgow Academy

India Somerside - Glasgow Academy

Seb Glen - Glasgow Academy

Callum Duke - Hillhead High School

GB Trials success

Both Josh Armstrong and Gavin Horsburgh had good rows at the GB trial held in Boston last week. They finished 3rd and 4th resepectively behind  World silver medal winners Sam Miejer and Chris Lawrie. As a result the boys have been invited to the GB winter camp in Nantes where work will begin on preparing next years World Championship boats.

Inverness Head 11 Wins

A group of 19 rowers went to compete at the Inverness Head weekend where we won no fewer than eleven events. Top performance goes to the boys double who produced there best race so far to be overall fastest double, 31 seconds ahead of  Edinburgh University. Other top boats were the Junior 18 girls quad( Somerside, Wicklow, Rankin and Neilson ) who were the fastest womens quad on the day and the fastest womens coxed four( cox Djoudi) . There was a great win for our Womens novice four ( Bouteleb, Cannon, Barber, Mackinnon and Gilchrist ) who finished first out of 21 crews ) and the Boys Junior four ( Glen , Watson, Abernethy and Urquhart ). The boys quad won J18 quads and lost narrowly to Edinburgh University by two seconds. Alex Rankin, Josh Armstrong an India Somersid won there respective sculling events and Urqhart and Abernethy domibated J16 doubles. Boutaleb and Cannon won J18 pairs.

Many thanks to the support team of Mrs Massaro, Miss Ryan, Mr Haggerty and Mr Somerside and to all the parents who came up to cheer us on.

Scullers Head

The club had a very successful day at the scullers head with Gavin Horsburgh leading the charge to finish fastest out of 118 scullers and take the headship. Josh Armstrong won J18 and Holly Wicklow J16 penants. In the double sculls division we were fastest overall in mens and womens doubles taking overall winners penant ( Josh and Gavin ) WJ18 ( Holly and Alex ) and WJ16 ( India and Becky ). There were also a number of solid indivual performances including Finlay Watson the third junior behind Gavin and Josh.

Success at Weybridge Sculls

A small contingent of scullers made the journey down south to pick up some new boats and race at the Weybridge Silver sculls. There were great performances all round and some notable wins.

J18 doubles Josh Armstrong and Gavin Horsburgh

WJ18 doubles Holly Wicklow and Alex Rankin

WIM3 doubles Alex Rankin and Becky Nielson

J18 Singles Josh Armstrong

J17 Singles Josh Armstrong

Well done boys and girls

Scottish Schools Sculling Head

A good day out at the inaugural Scottish Schools Sculling Head. We had decisive wins in all top boats. The girls quad by 35 secs, boys quad won by 21 secs. Girls double by 29 seconds and boys scull ( Gavin Horsburgh ) by 26 seconds. Our girl scullers ( Alex Rankin and Holly Wicklow ) were 25 and 20 seconds respectively ahead of the next placed scullers. We also has a win in Schoolboys doubles ( Callum  Urquhart and Sam Abernethy ) Our second boys and girls quad were placed 4th and 3rd respectively. The performances were a good reflection on the hard work that has been put in our athletes at the start of the off sesaon training period. well one all and thanks to Bob Neill and SR umpires for running a first class event. 


GSRC Parents meeting 13th September

A meeting for parents of all GSRC members will be held at the clubhouse on Saturday13th September at 2.00pm. This will give club officials the opportunity to outline the club strategy and answer question on how it operates and what opportunities it can provide for our young people. Individual member schools may also hold parent meetings.

GSRC Awards Dinner 26th September

The GSRC awards dinner will be held at the Grosvenor Hotel in the West end of Glasgow on Friday the 26th September. The dinner will give us an opportunity to recognise the fantastic achievements of the club this year and to present our top awards. It is open to 2nd -6th year pupils and any parents who wish to attend. Tickets cost £ 27 each.  Please send your tickets requirements to Mrs Mary Massaro. email or phone 07740 152015. 

....... and now a well earned rest

The season is now at an end and it is without question the most successful season ever for Glasgow Schools Rowing Club. During the winter head season we had 29 wins. We won  three medals at National Schools Regatta - two of them Gold. At the Scottish Championships we won 19 titles and at the British Championships a Gold and four silvers.

Ten Glasgow Schools pupils represented Scotland at HIR winning two events and five represented Great Britain at the GB France Match winning both their races.

The clubs owes a great debt of gratitude to all the coaches, parents and especially athletes who have worked so hard to deliever these results. Have a well earned break and at leat two weeks total rest.

Where do we go next year............ further !

Home International Success

Ten Glasgow Schools rowers represented Scotland at the Home International Regatta helping to make this the most successful Scottish performance ever.

Alex Rankin ( J16) and Holly Wicklow ( J15 ) dominated the J18 pairs event to win in fine style. The then combined with India Somerside and Becky Nielson to come from three lengths down to win J18 fours. the Boys Quad of Harry Leask, Josh Armstrong, Gavin Horsburgh and Giacomo Galano managed a galant second place behind British Champions from Northwich. Josh and Gavin also raced the double but never got it going finishing third beind England and Ireland. The girls four comnibed with ASRA to finish third in the womens J18 eights. Andrew Dickson and Seb Glen finished third in the Mens J18 eights

Major success at British Championships

Glasgow Schools rowers brought back an impressive haul of five medals from the British Junior Rowing Championships held in Nottingham.

Josh Armstrong copleted his clean sweep of J16 titles this year by winning the sculling event from St Thomas Aquinas schoolboy Giacomo Galano rowng for his senior club Clydesdale.

Our J16 girls four of Holly Wicklow, India Somerside, Alex Rankin and Becky Nielson decided to concentrate of Womens J18 coxless fours wanting to beat the only junior club unit it Britain that they have not defeated this year. In a race to the line the Henley crew got the better of the girls by 0.3 of a second to claim gold. On hour later the girls had to race J16 four and understandably had to settle fo silver behind Queen Elizabeth High School.

However, the biggest surprise of the Championship was the Boys J18 four Andrew Dickson, Seb Glen, Finlay Watson and Callum Urquhart. Smarting from a poor selection decison that excluded two of the four from the Scottish team the boys set their targets on the selected Scottish fours from ASRA and George Watsons. They rowed brilliantly for a well deserved Silver medal only three seconds behind the English squad crew. The had beaten Watsons by 20 seconds and ASRA by 7 seconds becoming British Club Champions.

Glasgow Academy finsished as the top school in Britian at the Championships.

Success in France for GSRC team GB

Both Josh Armstrong and the girls four of Becky Neilson, India Somerside, Alex Rankin and Holly Wicklow won their events convincely at th GB French Match in Nantes. The GB team only lost three events and retained all three trophies in the annual match. The other Scottish Boat - the girls double for George Watsons helped make it a 100% win record for Scotland.

Girls J16 four visit Leander Club and Henley

The girls J16 four took a day away from training to visit Henley Royal Regatta where they were given a tour of Laender Club by coaching legend Jurgen Groblar. They also met Polly Swan, World pairs champion, who was in the last Junior 16 womens four to come from Scotland  and represent GB at the GB France Match.

Five Schools rowers Make GB Team

GSRC athletes won two GB J16 selection races at Nottingham on Sunday to earn places in the GB team racing at Nante in two weeks time.

Josh Armstrong won J16 sculls and India Somerside, Becky Nielson, Alex Rankin and Holly Wicklow WJ16 fours. This is the first time that any Scottish club has had two represenative crews at this event. Well done to all these dedicated young athletes.

Sports Council Club of the Month

Glasgow Schools Rowing Club was presented with the Glasgow Sports Council Club of the Month award for May in recognition of its success at the National Schools Regatta in Nottingham. The presentation was made by Council  executive member Liz Kerr to Glasgow Schools Captain Gavin Horsburgh and some of our athletes.

Glasgow Schools Championship Results

For the second year running Glasgow Schools Rowing club has hosted an Annual Schools Championship on the River Clyde. Eleven schools took part in the event.

Championship Boys Sculls

Gold - Gavin Horsburgh - Glasgow Academy

Silver - Josh Armstrong - Glasgow Academy

Bronze - Giacomo Galano - St Thomas Aquinas

Championship Girls Sculls

Gold - India Somerside - Glasgow Academy

Silver - Alex Rankin - Glasgow Academy

Bronze Leona Logan - St Mungo's

Championship Girls doubles

Gold  - Mone and Davidson - St Ninans

Silver - Gilchrist and Gilchrist - Bearsden Academy

Boys years 1-3 sculls

Gold - Frank Murray - Kelvinside Academy

Silver - Ally Day - Glasgow Academy

Bronze - Jack Wicklow Glasgow Academy

Girls years 1-3 sculls

Gold - Natalie Smart - High School of Glasgow

Silver - Helena Alexander - Glasgow Academey

Bronze - Ailsa Martin - Hutcheasons Grammar

Girls years 1-3 doubles

Gold - Courtney and Pringle - Renfrew High School

Championship Girls Quads

Neilson, Buist,Barber ,Allan ad Djoudi - Glasgow Academy

Boys year 1-3 quads

White, Heginbottom,Goldie, McIntyre, Djoudi - Glasgow Academy

Girls year 1-3 quads

Caskie, Djoudi,Prentice,Andrews and Martinolli - Glasgow Academy

Glasgow Club of the Month Award

Glasgow Schools Rowing Club has been awarded the Glasgow Sports Council club of the month award for May in recognition of the performance of our young people at the National Schools Regatta in Nottingham where we had five finlaists out of six boats and won two Golds and one Silver medal. Well done GSRC.

GSRC wins 19 titles at Scottish Champs

It was a fantastic weekend for our young atheltes who won no fewer than 19 titles at the Scottish Championships and Scottish Schools Championship regatta at Strathclyde Park.

Outrageous sculling by Gavin Horsburgh and Josh Armstrong saw them make the A final in open sculls finishing third and fifth respectively mixing it with top class GB U23 triailists Lewis McCue,Gary Wilson and Kieran Brown. In doing so the boys won J18, J16 and schoolboys sculls. The boys also won J18 doubles title and combined with Andrew Dickson and Finlay Watson to win J18 quads.

Not to be outdone our J15 and J16 girls made the B and C finals of Womens Open pairs. India Somerside and Becky Neilson won the C final placing them 13th and Holly Wicklow and Alex Rankin finished 5th in the B final and 11th overall. Together they picked up J18, J16 and schoolgirls titles.

The girls went on to win J16 four and quads and also took the schoolgirls titles. India and Becky added J15 doubles and schoolgirls Championships to their haul. 

Other winners included Callum Urquhart and Sam Abernethy in J15 doubles and schoolboys doubles. Finlay Watson and Callum Urquhart in J16 pairs. Our J13 boys Quad of Hamish Brown, Adam Goldie, Ally Day, Jack Wicklow and Kyle Lachlan became Scottish Champions for the first time.

There were silver medals for Lois McGeachy and Karis Sutcliffe in womens novice doubles plus one for Ally Day in J13 boys sculls.

Other notable races over the weekend were the boys junior four who were overtaken on the line by George Watsons College and our J16 four who narrowly lost out to the National Schools Champions from Aberdeen.

The weekends results were our best ever and are testement to the hard work that our young people have put into this seasons training.

31st May 1st June - Scottish Championships

Almost all of our junior rowers will be competing at this weekends Scottish Championships at Strathclyde Park. racing starts from 8.30 on both days.

Crews to look out for are both our girls and boys pairs plus our scullers Armstrong and Horsburgh who will be racing in the new open race format and challenging for scottish selection. Other boats include the Boys quad, Boys double and Boys J16 four who will attempt to overhall the National Schools J16 Champions from Aberdeen Schools. Our Girls J16 four fresh from success at Nottingham will hope to add Scottish J16 four and quads titles to their trophy cabinet. Also racing are the Kelvinside Girls double who were finalist at the Clydesdale regatta. At the younger age group categories we will be hoping for success from our boys  J13 4x+ and both our boys and girls J13 scullers. 

National Schools success

The performance group from Glasgow Schools excelled themselves at Nottingham over the weekend qualifying five out of six boats for finals and winning two golds and a silver medal.

Both the Girls J16 4 ( India Somerside, Becky Nielson, Alex Rankin, Holly Wicklow ) and Boys J16 sculler ( Josh Armstrong ) established themsleves as possible GB candidates by winning their respective events. The real test will come at the trial race at the end of June.

The Girls four coxed by Kit Morris won Silver in Schoolgirls J18 fours beating ASRA into bronze medal place and chasing Henley down to the line. In J16 fours the form book was blown apart when they raced Queen Elizabeth High School and Lady Eleanor Holles to the 500m and then established a solid lead which extended all tha way to the line.

Josh Armstrong won the time trial, won his semi by 150 metres but was pushed to the line in his final by George Lawton to win by 5 seconds. With Giacomo Galano of Clydesdale taking bronze.

In Championships Doubles Gavin Horsburgh and Josh Armstrong improved performances throughout the day to finish fourth in the final in a race dominated by Westminster School. This was a great experience for our young double who will be back next year.

The Boys Junior 18 four ( Andrew Dickson, Seb Glen, Finlay Watson, Callu Urquhart cox Helena Alexander ) also improved throughout the day to finish fifth in the final

Glasgow Schools Awards Dinner 13th June

This years awards dinner will be held in the Kibble Suite at the Grosvenor Hotel in Glasgow on the 13th June. The dinner is open to all 2nd year's upwards. Awards will be presented for Oarsman and oarswomen of the year as well as crew of the year. In addition next years Captain will be announced and they will make special awards for swimmer of the year, lumberjack of the year, enthusiast of the year, best excuse for not training award, most expensive thing to fall into Strathclyde Park award and many others.

Tickets cost £ 25 each and are available from Mrs Massaro.

The menu for this three course splendour is displayed in the crew room.



Clydesdale Regatta new winners

At Clydesdale Regatta the club had new winners

J12 1x Rory White

J14 4x+ Joshua Elliot-Ling, Hamish Brown, Fraser McIntyre, Adam Goldie cox Youcef Djoudi.

Well done Boys !

Old news 1976

St Mungo Academy win bronze medal in junior four at the National Championships David Nolan John Mcteague Bernard Savage Richard Watters Iain Coyle Mike Foster

GB Trials Josh Armstrong

Josh had a strong performance at the GB Trial Regatta in Nottingham finishing 7th in the time trial only 4 seconds off second place. Conditions became challenging as the day progressed and Josh made the B final where he finished fifth or 11th overall. This was a great performance for a J16 sculler and the experience of difficult sculling conditions will benefit his continued development.

Strathclyde Park Regatta

Exams meant limited entries for this major regatta but our small team of participants won six golds and two silvers.


Boys J13 4x + Fayx Siddiqui,Ally Day, Ross Heginbottom, Jack Wicklow and cox Kyle Lachlan.

Boys J15 2x Sam Abernethy and Callum Urquhart

Boys J18 2- Seb Glen and Andrew Dickson

Boys J18 1x Gavin Horsburgh

Girls J18 2- India Somerside and Becky Nielson

Mens lightweight Gavin Horsburgh


Mens R 1 Gavin Horsburgh

Womens J18 2- Holly Wicklow and Alex Rankin

Well done all our atheltes, coaches and parents wo helped make theweekend a success.

Strathclyde Park Day One

New winners for Glasgow Schools. Boys Junior 13 4x+ won their event in fine style. Fayz Siddiqui, Jack Wicklow, Ross Heginbottom, Ally Day and Kyle Lachlan. Next stop 2024 Olympics !!!

Great win also for Seb Glen and Andrew Dickson in Junior 18 pairs.


New double partner for Armstrong

After intensive seat racing a new doubles partner has been selected to row with Josh Armstrong. Yousef Djoudi aged 11 is up for the challange

Head season finishes with 26 wins

The traditional winter head season draws to a close with the boys eight heading to Tideway to enjoy the festival that is the Eights Head of the River. This race against Britians Olympic Champions ( and 399 other crews) will be challenging.

Over the past few months our crews have won no fewer than 26 events in all categories of boats. With 16 wins to the boys and10 to the girls, 27 of our young rowers (9 boys and 18 girls) have won events during this winter. This impressive number of wins is testament to the hard work put in by all our athletes. Bring on the summer season and more glory !

Schools head Dullater 22/3/2014

For the first time in 35 years a Glasgow school dominated the Scottish Schools Head. Glasgow Academy won three divisions of the Schools head including the fastest overall boat, Junior 16 four, Junior 18 womens four and Junior 14 coxed quad winning the St Mungo's Quaich and the Peter Grieve Cup. In the Junior head Glasgow Schools also won Junior 16 womens coxed fours.

Schools head and J16 coxed four

Finlay Watson, Josh Armstrong, Seb Glen, Callum Urquhart cox Euan McLeod.

Womens Junior 18 four

India Somerside, Rachel Buist, Alex Rankin, Becky Nielson cox Alastair McLeod.

Womens J14 Quad

Helena Alexander, Georgina Robinson, Jenny Olney, Holly Allen cox Catriona Russell.

Womens J16 Four ( Glasgow Academy/ Kelvinside Academy

India Somerside, Barat Bouteleb, Alex Rankin, Becky Neilson cox Kirsty Gilchrist.

Clyde Head Results 1st March 2014

Congratulations to the boys eight who won Men's open eights at the Clydesdale head.The eight beat crews from Clydesdale,Strathclyde University, George Watsons and George Heriots to win the title. The girls J16 four also won Women's Novice fours. Breaking news it would appear that a mistake was made with the time penalties and our Junior 18 four also won their division. Boys Eight Sam Abernethy, Cameron Grant ,Finlay Watson,Callum Urquhart,Gavin Horsburgh,Josh Armstrong, Seb Glen, Andrew Dickson and Rachael Scott. Girls four India Somerside, Holly Wicklow, Alex Rankin, Becky Neilson and Kirsty Gilchrist Boys J18 four Gavin Horsburgh, Josh Armstrong, Seb Glen, Andrew Dickson and Rachael Scott

Josh Armstrong Wins GB Trial

At GB Trials in Boston today Josh Armstrong dominated a field of forty J16 scullers to win the race by 38 seconds. This commanding performance augurs well for Josh's aspiration to be selected as the GB sculler for the GB France Match to be held in Nantes in July this year.

Glasgow Schools Burns Supper 31st January 2014

Glasgow Schools Rowing Club inaugrual Burns Supper was held at Kelvinside Academy on Friday the 31st January 2014. Over 80 parents and club members attended the event  where they enjoyed a feast of food and Burns treats during the evening.

Mike Haggerty delivered the Immortal Memory with songs and guitar playing supported by Karris Sutcliffe and Ross McNeil. Ronan Murphy returned to club to deliver the Address to the Lassies a with Anne-Marie Cormack providing the Reply. Seb Glen was our piper and Iain Somerside provided the poetry, reciting address Tae the  Haggis and Tam O'Shanter.

Our thanks go to everyone who supported the evening which raised substantial funds that have helped the club purchase our new trailer

Scullers Head December 2013

We had a very successful scullers head winning six titles over two divisions on the 4000m course and once again Glasgow Schools was the most successful club at the regatta. Congratulations to Gavin Horsburgh who finished second overall winning Junior 18- only 3 seconds behind GB internationalist Kieran Brown. Gavin teamed up with Josh Armstrong to be overall winners of the double sculls divison in the fastest time of the day.

Double Sculls overall winners - Gavin Horsburgh and Josh Armstrong

J18 - Gavin Horsburgh

J16 - Josh Armstrong

Novice - Finlay Watson

J16 - Holly Wicklow

J18- India Somerside


Glasgow Fours Head November 2013

At the Glasgow Fours head our womens novice quad won again. The girls J16 four had no competition but finished third fastest womens four on the day. The boys quad finished second to the fast Edinburgh Univesity quad.


Womens Novice Quad - Sutcliffe,Boutaleb,McGeachy, Mcall & Scott

Inverness Head November 2013

Over the weekend we won ten categories at Inverness making Glasgow Schools the most successful club at the event. particular note should be made of our Boys quad who posted the fastest time of the day and won the much coveted " Antlers " which now have pride of place in the club house. Other notable wins were Gavin Horsburgh and Josh Armstrong in J18 double sculls.


Boys J18 Quad Horsburgh, Watson, Armstrong, Grant

Boys J18 Double Horsburgh and Armstrong

Womens Novice 4x Boutaleb,Mcgeachy Sutcliffe, McCall, Scott

Junior Scull - Gavin Horsburgh

Novice Scull - Andrew Dickson

Mens Novice Double - Dickson and Watson

Mens J16 Double - Urquhart and Abernethy

Womens Novice Double - Bouteleb and McGeachy

Junior 18 four Dickson, Glen,Horsburgh Armstrong & Mcleod

Junior 16 four Urquhart, Abernethy, Glen, Armstrong & Mcleod

"For over 71 years Glasgow Schools Rowing Club has provided an opportunity for the young people of Glasgow to enjoy the river and develop a new sporting passion"
Ronnie Goldie Crookston Castle School 1962